A Review of the movie Food Inc. The movie Food Inc. is a documentary by Robert Kenner. This movie riddled in various areas of the country, it begins with a typical farming era where everything was done the way it is supposed to , i.e. when cows were feed grass and subsidized corn and migrates into a supermarket that now carries what were once seasonal items all year round. It even features Eric Schlosser, author of “Fast Food Nation” in a restaurant asking wanting a good old fashioned burger, and also Michael Pollan, author of “The Omnivore’s Dilemma.
No processed, refined, or fortified food-like substances, especially ones that make special health claims, and nothing with high-fructose corn syrup. Eat only whole food such as fruits and vegetables that have been grown organically or animals that have been raised on an organic diet and are free to roam about. Whole foods can be found on the periphery of the grocery store; however, beware of food additives and hormones in meats and dairy products. In fact, he recommends avoiding the grocery store altogether and purchasing food from farmers markets and or small, locally owned farms, or to grow your own vegetables. Of course whole food is harder to find and a lot more expensive.
Corn is present in every single meal we eat, hidden or blatantly stated we are always eating corn. Farms and other corn processing factories have had a major impact on the agricultural system we see now today. Pollan critiques how corn has taken over a lot of the agricultural system and how overproduced it is because of how much big corporations and grain exporters benefit from producing corn. Throughout this first chapter he states that if, “we could see what lies on the far side of the increasingly high walls of our industrial agriculture, we would surely change the way we eat” (Pollan 11) Pollan has strong feelings on how corn has changed the way we eat and also how this effects the connections we make at a dinner table and how setting and our environmental factors can really effect how we view and eat the food we do. Pollan discusses how corn impacts America.
How come Americans are obsessed with food (new diets, restaurants, television shows, the list goes on and on) but no one cares or knows where their food came from and how it got on the shelf at the supermarket? The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan teaches readers about the importance of being educated about where your food comes from and how to make your own decisions about what and how to eat. Humans, as omnivores, have too many options for food and we don’t know what is good for us. Pollan argues that many diets and information from professionals are false, Americans have no tradition or cultural foods, and the human instinct of not eating bitter foods is no excuse to stop eating nutrient packed foods. First, Pollan talks about how many people throughout history that were supposed to be experts, for example Dr. Kellogg, came up with some strange theories that many people believed, but we later discovered were not true.
Upton Sinclair is the author of the book The Jungle. The Jungle was written to tell the public about the conditions of workplaces, particularly in the meat packing industries. Sinclair used graphic words to describe the rotten, nasty, and contaminated meat. As History.com (2016) states, the thought of what their food was going through hit the public hard in the stomach, but that was not the impact that Sinclair had in mind. History.com (2016) came to this conclusion becasue the information recieved from the book.
In Agnès Varda’s film The Gleaners and I, farmers are depicted throwing away thousands of pounds of edible potatoes because the supermarkets will not accept potatoes that are too small, too big, or too oddly shaped. In an interview with the farmers, Varda highlights that, regardless of the strange appearances, the potatoes are perfectly fine to eat (Varda 2000). Simply because the potatoes are not uniformly shaped, they are rejected by the supermarkets, and by extension the supermarkets’ customers, as undesirable and unsellable. In Mireille Roselo’s article “Agnès Varda’s Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse”, she criticizes the supermarkets for this, contending that the supermarkets “will only buy rigorously regular and millimetrically correct potatoes” (Rosello 3). Once again, the reverse is true.
Through this process, I also learned a lot about campus food waste. For example, I learned that Sodexo (SUNY New Paltz and other colleges’ dining hall company) have been tracking and composting their food waste in a local farm. In doing that, they found a drastic reduction in their food waste. Additionally, after researching and learning more about campus food waste, it made me more cautious about wasting food. Whenever I am at the campus dining hall, I try to eat with my stomach and not my eyes.
Furthermore, another thing I liked about Sinclair 's writing is how he used exclamation points and question marks. He used them to add emphasis to the words he 's saying and really make the reader think. I think this is particularly notable when he asks “And even if they had known it, what good would it have done them, since there was no place within miles of them were any other sort was to had?” and exclaims about people being made into lard. I think this stands out to me because of other works I’ve read that use the same technique. Additionally, this excerpt definitely got me thinking about the food we eat today.
What we eat affects not only us, but the animals, and the world. After learning the truth about where and how our meat and food products are prepared and the effects they cause on our bodies, I was shocked and disgusted. As a society, we can make a few small changes that will have a big and healthy impact on the world and how we live. Usually when you think about a cow, you picture a large farm, a red barn and cows eating grass. But this isn’t what actually goes on.
My family has significantly cut our corn consumption after watching this, and we only purchase non-GMO, organic corn on occasion. Documentary Reflection – Food Matters Food Matters focuses on the fact that food can be your medicine or your poison. As a society, we have gotten away from knowing and understanding where our food comes from and how it nourishes us. The bottom line is that we have to pay for lifestyle and food choices now or later. We turn to doctors to heal us; however, they are not interested in nutrition or even supplements.